8 Simple Paper Plate Crafts For Toddlers


Ok, if you’ve clicked on this link then my guess is you either work with or have your own toddlers or young children- or maybe both? Well in that case you will know that toddlers are no perfect (unless you’re lucky enough to have found one that is??), and they can be pretty messy too! Well that sums up our craft blogs perfectly. You will find no photos here of perfect crafts, done by perfect toddlers! These are real crafts created either with or by real toddlers. They’re not perfect and that’s just the way we like them!

People who don’t work with toddlers may be under the illusion that paper plates are for serving food at parties- you and I know there as soooooooo many more better uses for them. Across the years Little Squigglers have created many, many paper plate crafts, including this cute flying saucer.

Here is a short round up of 8 of our favourites, with a brief guide to how to make them.



Cow, arm children with black paint to decorate their cow with spots. Supply white card and pink paper inserts to be glued on for ears and our favourite eye stickers (available from www.craftycrocodiles.co.uk) .

To really make it cow like give them an oval of pink paper and a black felt tip to add nostrils and a mouth and glue on the front of the plate.






Bear, this one is so cute to compliment a Teddy Bear’s Picnic theme, or Goldilocks and the Three Bears, or We’re Going On a Bear Hunt- you get the idea…

For this, first glue ear shapes onto the plate and then let children paint everything brown. Simply add a pom pom nose, 2 eye stickers and a smile painted on in black paint.






Fish, to create the fish shape cut a triangle wedge out of the plate to create the mouth shape and glue it opposite to create the tail. Then simply let children decorate. We have given them offcuts of tissue paper and glue to decorate and, of course, an eye sticker!




Paper Plate Clown


Clown, this craft could form part of a unit on shapes. Simple give children lots of different coloured shapes- triangles, circles, squares, rectangles- you get the idea! Use the shapes to create a clowns face on the plate and glue in place. You could give them felt tips to add details.





Paper Plate Jelly Fish


Jellyfish, you only need half a plate for this one! Simply glue strips of paper, cellophane, tissue paper or crepe paper onto the back of the plate to create lots of lovely, dangly tentacles. Then let children decorate the plate however they like. For this one we have given the kids felt tips. Don’t forget to add some eyes!



Paper Plate Rainbow

Rainbow, again just half a plate for this one. For a ‘true’ rainbow you may need to work with children talking about the colours of a rainbow and the order they appear and then support then to paint a stripes of each colour. We also like it when they paint it how they want! Glue some cotton wool along the bottom to make it float on the clouds and and some wool or string to hang it.



Paper Plate Sun



Sun, prepare some yellow and orange triangles, which the children can glue onto the plate for the rays of the sun and then cover the plate in yellow tissue paper or paint it yellow. Easy.




Paper Plate Beach


Beach on a plate! Cover half the plate in glue and sprinkle sand on top (or dip it in your sand tray!), paint the other half blue to create the basic beach. Give children a rectangle of paper to decorate as a beach towel and glue this onto the sand. For a bit of added wow use a cocktail umbrella as a parasol. This can be attached with blue tac or hot glue gun.




We hope you enjoyed our round up of paper plate crafts- this is just a small selection, we’ll add more in another blog soon. As with all our crafts it really is the process of making the crafts which is most important. Not the end result so just have fun with them!

PS You may have noticed our eye stickers obsession- you can still make these crafts without them!

About the author:



Amanda is the founder of Little Squigglers and now also of Little Squigglers Franchise Ltd. An ex Primary School teacher and mother of two, Amanda is passionate about the development and creativity of children.
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